By Kacy Barnett-Gramckaw
Published by Elk Lake
Back Cover: Inspired by the mysterious events of Matthew 27:52-53: Amid first-century Jerusalem's political and religious unrest, Elisheba loses her beloved husband, Joseph. Though she is mourning, Elisheba must fight to protect herself and her young son from the schemes and deceptions of others who wish to control her fortune and her future. While Elisheba defies her enemies, her husband's closest friends must decide what they believe—and risk death. When another tragedy strikes, an impossible miracle shakes their lives—and their world is forever changed...at Dawnlight.
REVIEW: Thanks to The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org for the review copy of a book that had me look at Matt 27:52-53 with fresh eyes. This author does a brilliant job of illuminating the mysterious event described in this passage. “…and the tombs were opened and many bodies of the righteous who had fallen asleep were brought to life again, and after His resurrection they went into Jerusalem and appeared too many people.”
This is the first novel I’ve read by this author. It won’t be the last. I enjoyed her imagination, creativity and writing style. The story grabbed my heart as it opens up with family time between parents and child. Joseph, Elisheba and their four year old son, Benjamin are laughing and enjoying this special time. They are both followers of Rabbi Yeshea-Master Iesous (Jesus). The author reveals the horror followers felt after they hear the news about John the Baptist being beheaded. They feared for their own lives and that of Yeshua. If Jerusalem was no longer safe where would they go? Was there a hiding place?
I instantly connected with Elisheba and her situation. I was captivated by all that was happening.I liked that this story was told through Elisheba’s eyes. It gave a different feel and perspective on how followers felt about Jesus’s ministry. I liked how this author wrote this novel in a panoramic sort of way: for example take the event of John the Baptists’ beheading. The author gives readers a peek at several different people in all walks of life and how they all dealt with the news.
I felt part of the community standing by watching others react to the news of the disciples and of Yeshua – Jesus. I couldn’t put this novel down. It caused me to go re-read scripture. It is gripping, thought-provoking and suspenseful. I highly recommend this novel as a great read and one that would be wonderful for book clubs. This is a rich story, one you may never forget. It’s a must read!
Nora St Laurent
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